Many years later, in the 20th century, this magnificent building was discovered. This happened during the excavations of the "Upper City" in Jerusalem in 1970. For its own sake, it was awarded for being a unique testimony to the destruction of Jerusalem and the burning of the Jewish city by the Romans. The basement of the house was covered with a very large layer of ash, probably as a result of a huge fire that was set on the western hill, a month after the destruction of the Temple.
This is how we know today that the burnt house was the home of a Jerusalem family - the Kataros family. This family was one of 24 priestly families who served in the Temple during the Second Temple period. As we know today, we know with certainty that in the magnificent houses on the western hill there were indeed priests, a question that the scholars had been quite deliberating for years.
Incidentally, in the Talmud, the family appeared not necessarily in a positive context. Where it is mentioned specifically in the list of 4 priestly families who took advantage of their status and acted improperly. Wow - history sure can be juicy!